Who We Are

Our Mission

The mission of SurvivingBreastCancer.org is to empower breast cancer survivors, and their caregivers, from day one and beyond.  Founded on October 4, 2017, by a young breast cancer survivor, Survivingbreastcancer.org is committed to providing the resources and platform for navigating a breast cancer diagnosis.

 

We believe that an integrative approach plays an important role in not only active treatment, but also in survivorship.  Whether you are undergoing chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery, you are several years with no evidence of disease, or you are living with metastatic breast cancer, SurvivingBreastCancer.org is a complement to your care.

We defines survivors as anyone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer; you are surviving! 

We achieve our mission through three main pillars:

  • Community engagement and connection

  • Programming and support services

  • Education and information dissemination. 

Survivingbreastcancer.org is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to supporting those who have been touched by breast cancer.  Whether you are caring for someone who has been diagnosed, know someone who has breast cancer, have been diagnosed yourself or carry one of the gene mutations, we understand that a breast cancer diagnosis can be life changing and overwhelming.  Out of the need to navigate the uncertainty and the strong desire for connection, support, and resources, surivingbreastcancer.org was born.

A fundamental piece of the breast cancer journey revolves around well-being and quality of life.  This translates into how community, education, support, and wellness complement one's treatment plans and continues not only through survivorship, but thrivership! ​ 

 

Executive

Director

Laura Carfang, Ed.D. is SurvivingBreastCancer.org's Executive Director.  She has set out the strategic vision for expanding the organization and is a firm believer that everyone's voice should be heard. She's an advocate, mentor, leader, and visionary with over 10+ years working in education, development and programming in the non-profit sector.

Volunteers

Without the support and contributions from our dedicated team of volunteers, our work would not be possible. From executing events and  spearheading marketing campaigns, to fundraising and administration, our impact is made possible  because of them! 

 

Interested in joining the team, contact us.  

Volunteering at our exhibit booth at the NCoBC conference in Las Vegas. 
Volunteers speaking at a breast cancer event in Atlanta.
Volunteers celebrating a great Survivors and Friends event in Chicago. 
 

Swati Yarlagadda

Digital Markering & Communications

Swati Yarlagadda was born and brought up in Austin, Texas and has recently moved to Baltimore, Maryland to study Neuroscience at John's Hopkins University. She discovered her passion for healthcare at an early age when she began volunteering with special needs students during middle school and throughout high school and is currently aiming to continue pursuing that passion by becoming a doctor. Above all, Swati is super excited to be a part of the SBC team! 

Madhumitha Sabhanyagam, B.SC,

Community Outreach 

Maddie is currently pursuing her MSBA degree at UMass Boston!

she loves to go hiking and finding new food spots in Boston. 

She is Looking forward to making a difference in her own way every day!

Simo Du

Researcher

Simo has an interdisciplinary background in medicine, clinical research and public health. She originally trained in clinical medicine and later developed deeper interests in public health and pursued a master's degree in epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH). She currently works in the healthcare industry while remaining passionate about public health and actively participating in multiple hospital and community volunteer events. 

Over the past several years, I have seen many battles against breast cancer, not only in hospital wards during my intern years, but also in the communities I live in, from our family friends to my immediate family members. After all, this is the world we live in.   The incidence of breast cancer remains the high among females and impacts 1% of males. However, in the society where I grew up, people don’t talk about breast cancer as much as they should. Stigma, rumor, and misinformation are common -- the status quo that needs future change and transformation. I’m thrilled to join survivingbreastcancer.org, a self-organized community providing education, resources and platform to patients, and I’m looking forward to working together with this passionate team to make a difference.

Alicia Duncan

Northwest Regional Ambassador

My name is Alicia Duncan and I am not only thriving as a stage 3 breast cancer survivor of almost 9 years, but I am a wife, and parent to mine and my wife’s 18 year old son and 4 fur babies. I work in public safety and am born and raised in Oregon. 

 

I am so grateful to be apart of survivingbreastcancer.org! I first discovered this organization from the podcast and knew I had to get involved. Laura and William’s mission is exactly the type of organization I want to be apart of.  Breast Cancer Survivors and their families need to feel important and supported. Just knowing you’re not alone is exactly what anyone facing the terrible news “you have breast cancer,” needs. 

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Laura Carfang, M.A., Ed.D. 

Board Member, President

Boston, MA

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Anthony Carfang, MBA

Board Member 

Chicago, IL

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William Laferriere, MBA

Treasurer & Secretary, Board Member

Boston, MA

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Meghann Sweeney, JD

Board Member 

Denver, CO

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Kathleen C. Boyle, Ph.D. 

Board Member

South Bend, IN

The Board of Directors

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